Well...we just had visitors here and I need to catch up on my blogging! Here's the final installment of our Mexico trip last month...
All the descriptions of this town are right: it really is a riot of colorful buildings shoehorned into a canyon. And we got to stay on the rim with an amazing view!
The town itself felt much more like a real, functioning place after expat-heavy San Miguel, though there were plenty of domestic tourists a few doors down from our AirBnB at the Pípila statue. It commemorates when a miner (as opposed to a minor, though he might have been that too) nicknamed Pípila burned the door to a building in town holding a bunch of Spanish soldiers. Did I mention that was the beginning of the Mexican Revolution?
Anyhoo, it was quite a sight.
I took approximately 719 pictures of the view.
Guanajuato is built into a canyon and access from the rim is via winding walkways which were awesome to explore.
(The town wasn't actually deserted. Except at dawn.)
We did, in fact, do a few other things besides wandering around and taking pictures, like relax on a rooftop after working hard to finish a decently-sized ice cream cone.
We also enjoyed the Diego Rivera birthplace/museum as well as excellent food: carnitas in the huge Mercado Hidalgo, a tasty and fancy meal at El Campo, and perhaps the best meal with had in the country, which is certainly saying something, at Mestizo.
Another quirk of the city is that the citizenry built tunnels to contain the underground river, which then sunk further underground allowing the tunnels to be converted to walkways and roads. It felt like exploring a twisting dungeon.
Ok, one more cityscape pic:
After an early morning to catch a luxury bus to the big city...
...we rounded out our Mexican vacation with a trip to the neighborhood of Coyoacán to visit the Frida Kahlo house/museum, which was, like most stuff here, pretty darn impressive.
All in all, an amazing time was had in central Mexico. We'd head back in a heartbeat!